Have the Mets had that stripped from them due to MLB scheduling?
The Mets enter the World Series as the hottest team on the planet.
They swept the Cubs in 4 games in the NLCS and smacked home run after home run, mixed in with some timely singles and great aggression on the basepaths. Not to mention their out-of-this-world pitching and the job done by closer Jeurys Familia.
Murphy has homered in six straight games going back to Game 4 of the NLDS with the Dodgers.
But now, by the time Tuesday's Game 1 rolls around, he, along with the rest of the team, will have had nearly a full week off without games.
That's too much time. I'm worried about momentum.
The Royals clinched a World Series birth on Friday, giving them a slight advantage over the Mets who clinched last Wednesday. In both cases, though, the teams have had quite a while off. There is no situation during the regular season, save for the four-day break for the All Star game in the middle of the summer, when teams have to deal with this much consecutive time off.
Baseball is a game of timing. Everyone knows that.
So I think we could see some slippy hitting at first. Sure, the players have been working out and taking batting practice since clinching. But there's a difference between batting practice and the real thing.
I'm worried about a guy like Murphy, who has been so in sync. Maybe the time off was too much for him and he won't be able to recover his form.
I think pitching will benefit. At this point in the season, both teams have pitching staffs full of tired arms. A full week off, basically the same as the entire staff missing a start, will certainly benefit both sides.
That's another reason I think we'll see low-scoring games: the pitching is rested, and the hitting will be rusty.
What do you guys think? Is a week off fair to the players? Good to have the rest, or bad to throw off the rhythm?